Intel, the global leader in silicon innovation and processor technologies, has revealed that it is to push its product offering into smartphones. These second generation Atom processors are set to be introduced in mobile handsets later on this year.
The company has developed this latest chip so that it is suited to these kinds of devices, after a number of failed attempts in the past. Intel had experienced power issues, designing processors that were not as efficient in portable handsets.
This new design aims to cut power consumption and its output is split into different areas to handle specific tasks such as audio playback or video decoding, while conserving power in other areas not in use. Yet, Intel has ensured that the chips can still take on more than ever and give consumers exactly what they demand.
It looks likely that Android handsets will be the first to sport this new chip, with those using Moblin Linux and MeeGo-based operating systems expected to follow suit in the near future.
It remains to be seen whether this move into the tablet and smartphone markets will be enough to convince phone manufacturers to switch chips from the market leader, UK-based Arm, to these new Atom processors. However, it does appear that Intel is serious this time in providing some much needed competition in the smartphone processor space.